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What the Arab World Produces

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 22:35
At least since the early part of the 20th century, aside from oil, the Arab world has produced and exported two products. 2014-09-30T00:01:00-04:00 2014-10-01T03:35:04Z Dennis Prager

Cheerleaders Do an End-Run on the ACLU

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 22:35
After Oneida, Tenn. school officials decided not to fight the American Civil Liberties Unions (ACLU) demand that they cease an opening prayer before high school football games, the schools cheerleaders tackled the matter. 2014-09-30T00:01:00-04:00 2014-10-01T03:35:04Z Robert Knight

Conservative Think Tank Tries to Tie Gold Standard to Hitler And The Nazis

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 22:35
Sympathy toward the gold standard is a stand for which other conservative groups are on record, including the Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and, of course, the American Principles Project. 2014-09-30T00:01:00-04:00 2014-10-01T03:35:04Z Ralph Benko

Reporter claims she was told not to talk to crowd at Michelle Obama event

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 21:05
Meg Kissinger, a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, posted on Facebook that she was “creeped out” after she was told by a White House aide and an aide for Burke not to speak with people attending the Monday event.

George Will: Secret Service is 'the most uncontrolled bureaucracy in this town'

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 19:41
Will, a syndicated columnist and a Fox News contributor, spoke out as lawmakers from both parties slammed the Secret Service after an intruder was able to get deep into the White House on Sept. 19.

Secret Service let armed former convict ride in an elevator with Obama

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 19:07
The latest embarrassment for the Secret Service comes after agency Director Julie Pierson testified at a House hearing. 

Omar J. Gonzalez indicted on White House intruding charges

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 17:18
Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez was indicted Tuesday on federal and local charges for allegedly intruding into the presidential mansion armed with a folding knife.

‘One and the same’? Officials give conflicting statements on Al Qaeda ties to ‘Khorasan’

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 16:46
The Obama administration is sending mixed messages over how closely tied Al Qaeda's core leadership is to a group of Al Qaeda fighters in Syria who have been targeted by U.S. airstrikes.

California Gov. Brown signs bill allowing families to seek gun restraining order

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:11
Brown announced the bill signing Tuesday.

Oregon pols battle over when to pull plug on costly ObamaCare website

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:58
Oregon is in the process of pulling the plug on the site and switching over to the federal exchange and HealthCare.gov -- but the question is, how quickly they can do it.

California becomes first in nation to enact statewide plastic bag ban

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:56
A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015.

Afghanistan Taliban Starts Importing ISIS War Tactics

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:35
The most ominous feature of the Ajristan attack is that the Taliban leaders adopted the practice of beheading. That is an export from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). 2014-09-30T00:01:00-04:00 2014-09-30T19:35:04Z Night Watch

Federal judge rules against ObamaCare insurance subsidies in Oklahoma case

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:28
A federal judge has sided with Oklahoma in its lawsuit challenging some subsidies offered to people who buy insurance under the health care law.

GOP faults Burke for playing Chris Brown song

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:16
Republicans are questioning a decision to play a song by pop star Chris Brown at a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

Paging Eric ‘vote fraud doesn’t exist’ Holder

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

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The day after he resigned, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder said this to the CBC:

“My colleagues and I are acting aggressively to ensure that every American… can exercise his or her right to participate in the democratic process, unencumbered by unnecessary restrictions that discourage and discriminate or that disenfranchise in the name of a problem that doesn’t exist,” Holder said.

According to Eric Holder, you are not reading this:

State Rep. Christina “Tita” Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday on 19 voting fraud charges.

Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release.

It’s possible the Justice Department will see to it that a case against Ayala isn’t pursued. How can you prosecute somebody for doing something that doesn’t exist?

Holder wants you to know this never happened either.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Paging Eric ‘vote fraud doesn’t exist’ Holder

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

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The day after he resigned, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder said this to the CBC:

“My colleagues and I are acting aggressively to ensure that every American… can exercise his or her right to participate in the democratic process, unencumbered by unnecessary restrictions that discourage and discriminate or that disenfranchise in the name of a problem that doesn’t exist,” Holder said.

According to Eric Holder, you are not reading this:

State Rep. Christina “Tita” Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday on 19 voting fraud charges.

Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release.

It’s possible the Justice Department will see to it that a case against Ayala isn’t pursued. How can you prosecute somebody for doing something that doesn’t exist?

Holder wants you to know this never happened either.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

New scare tactic highlights gravity of the ‘climate crisis’

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

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Our oil-burning, bovine flatulence-induced plunge toward the sun begins:

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I’m not sure “we need to do something about climate change or we’ll all weigh a little less” will be an effective scare tactic, but we’ll see:

Gravity — yes, gravity — is the latest victim of climate change in Antarctica. That’s the stunning conclusion announced Friday by the European Space Agency.

“The loss of ice from West Antarctica between 2009 and 2012 caused a dip in the gravity field over the region,” writes the ESA, whose GOCE satellite measured the change. Apparently, melting billions of tons of ice year after year has implications that would make even Isaac Newton blanch.
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The biggest implication is the new measurements confirm global warming is changing the Antarctic in fundamental ways. Earlier this year, a separate team of scientists announced that major West Antarctic glaciers have begun an “unstoppable” “collapse,” committing global sea levels to a rise of several meters over the next few hundred years.

Maybe the next Antarctic expedition studying the dramatic ice loss can report the latest findings after they’re inevitably rescued from being trapped in the ice that isn’t there anymore.

Hopefully this will help bring gravity back to normal:

Antarctic sea ice set new record high yesterday, beating record set this time last year: http://t.co/mwUh9bwEoJ

— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) September 17, 2014

There are other theories though that are precisely the opposite:

Criminal complaint against accused intruder says that on being apprehended he said he came to warn the pres the atmosphere was collapsing.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 29, 2014

**Written by Doug Powers

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State Dept’s Marie Harf: Hey, the spread of ISIS surprised even ISIS

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

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“Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance — unless your own arrogance is greater, then never mind.”
- Sun Tzu’s lesser-known brother Sam Tzu.

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As the rest of the hapless world continues to fail to live up to Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaign promises, the president has said that the intelligence community misjudged the ISIS threat, which of course forced Obama to dismiss the terrorist organization as a JV team.

The State Department’s Marie Harf said today that the spread of ISIS caught everybody by surprise… even ISIS.

Video via Noah Rothman at Hot Air, partial transcript via me:

Blitzer: I guess what the president said on 60 Minutes that the intelligence community basically got it wrong. The intelligence community, at least elements there, they’re coming back and saying for at least a year they were warning that ISIS was on the move, getting stronger, gaining territory. They don’t think they necessarily got it wrong.

Harf: What the president said was for a long time we’ve known about the serious threat from ISIL. But I think everyone — us, the Iraqis, even ISIL itself probably — was surprised by how quickly earlier this summer they were really able to take territory in Iraq. They moved more quickly than anyone could have imagined.

The Three Stooges called, and they want their foreign policy back.

Moral of the story: ISIS really needs to work on their intelligence gathering capabilities so they understand their limitations and stop making the current administration look so JV.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Obama on 60 Minutes: US responding militarily with few global partners part of ‘how we roll’

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

President Obama’s view on the necessity of a big “coalition” seems to have “evolved” just like so many other things:

In a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday evening, Obama was asked why the US is contributing such a significant portion of the military coalition against the jihadist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS. Obama responded by arguing that other countries were not stepping up.

“When trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don’t call Beijing, they don’t call Moscow. They call us. That’s the deal,” he quipped.

When CBS’ Steve Kroft pressed Obama on the relatively small contributions from some of the US’ coalition partners, Obama insisted such arrangements were expected.

“That’s always the case. That’s always the case. America leads. We are the indispensable nation,” he said. “We have capacity no one else has. Our military is the best in the history of the world.”

Obama also said “that’s how we roll.” Taking the lead in the world and going it along if necessary is a great American tradition. The Obama “coalition” dwarfs Bush’s (not that the NYT didn’t try to fix that) and yet Bush was accused by some of these same people of “going it alone” by not signing up enough partners for the effort:

During an April 2007 speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Obama said the U.S. cannot try to “bully [the world] into submission.”

In a 2007 essay in Foreign Affairs, he specifically warned about breaking off from European allies: “In the case of Europe, we dismissed European reservations about the wisdom and necessity of the Iraq war.”

During his July 2008 campaign speech in Berlin, Obama told Europeans that “no one nation, no matter how large or powerful, can defeat such challenges alone.” He warned that “on both sides of the Atlantic, we have drifted apart, and forgotten our shared destiny” and that neither America nor Europe can “turn inward.”

How times have changed.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Who’s up for a human rights lecture about Ferguson from the Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei?

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

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In countries that claim to support #democracy,there's more injustice toward humans like in US where blacks are still discriminated.#Ferguson

— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) September 28, 2014

**Written by Doug Powers

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